from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To examine and compare carefully in order to note points of disagreement.
  • transitive v. To assemble in proper numerical or logical sequence.
  • transitive v. Printing To examine (gathered sheets) in order to arrange them in proper sequence before binding.
  • transitive v. Printing To verify the order and completeness of (the pages of a volume).
  • transitive v. Ecclesiastical To admit (a cleric) to a benefice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To examine diverse documents et cetera to discover similarities and differences.
  • v. To assemble something in a logical sequence.
  • v. To sort multiple copies of printed documents into sequences of individual page order, one sequence for each copy, especially before binding.
  • v. To admit a cleric to a benefice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To place in a benefice, when the person placing is both the patron and the ordinary.
  • transitive v. To compare critically, as books or manuscripts, in order to note the points of agreement or disagreement.
  • transitive v. To gather and place in order, as the sheets of a book for binding.
  • transitive v. To present and institute in a benefice, when the person presenting is both the patron and the ordinary; -- followed by to.
  • transitive v. To bestow or confer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring together and compare; examine critically, noting points of agreement and disagreement: applied particularly to manuscripts and books: as, to collate all the manuscripts of a classical author.
  • To confer or bestow a benefice on by collation: followed by to.
  • To bestow or confer.
  • In bookbinding, to verify the arrangement of, as the sheets of a book after they have been gathered. It is usually done by counting and inspecting the signatures at the foot of the first page of each sheet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to assemble in proper sequence
  • v. compare critically; of texts


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin collātus, past participle of cōnferre, to bring together : com-, com- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin collatum, past participle of cōnferō.


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